Kenji's Blog

Blog for Dr Kenji Takeda at the University of Southampton. Find out about what he's up to in aerodynamics, aircraft noise, flight simulation and Formula One teaching, research and schools outreach. Also see what's going on in the School of Engineering Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Keep space tidy - No litter please!

Space junk is a real problem, and something that has been hitting the headlines recently...
There's an increasing amount of flotsam and jetsam in orbit, and as this gets worse then it can be a real threat to how we operate satellites, and space stations.
It happens to be something that we're working hard on at Southampton. Drs Graham Swinerd and Hugh Lewis are experts in this field, and their simulations are helping to figure out what we can do about it. You can read more about it here @
If you want to study it in more detail then why not study Space Systems Engineering - the UK's only rocket science degree programme! Find out more about spacecraft with Dr Swinerd's great new book - How Spacecraft Fly, Spaceflight without formulae.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Southampton student wins Melbourne grand prix 2009?

Well, maybe. Ex-student Adrian Newey's latest creation hit the track this week. The RB5 is certainly radical, and that's what Adrian is all about.
Ever since his days studying Aeronautics & Astronautics at Southampton University, he has been pushing the boundaries of car aerodynamics.
Many of our students are following in Adrian's footsteps, going to teams including Red Bull Racing, McLaren, Williams, Renault, and others. This includes doing summer and one-year placements in F1 teams. So you don't even have to wait until you finish your degree before you can get into F1.
So if racing is your passion, then there's no better place to learn the ropes at Southampton. For more see